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The Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards were developed to provide documentation of the continuum of developmental milestones from birth through age 5 based on the research about the processes, sequences, and long term consequences of early learning and development.

TN Early Learning Developmental Standards
Math Training Materials, Summer 2013

The Tennessee Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of materials from this summer’s TN-Early Learning Developmental Standards math training. These materials are now available to all Tennessee teachers, administrators, and schools. 

Revised Mathematics Standards for 4-year-olds

The Revised TN Early Learning Developmental Standards for 4 year-olds were written to support teachers, care givers and families who want to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate early learning experiences for children before they begin kindergarten. These standards align directly with the Kindergarten Common Core Mathematics standards adopted by TN Department of Education in 2011. Helping children develop the concepts documented in these standards will provide them with the foundational skills necessary to their continued growth in kindergarten and beyond. To access Standards for Mathematical Practice, click here or visit our Mathematical Practices pages in the Teacher Toolkit. New resources for implementing the new standards are forthcoming.

Click here to access the PowerPoint presentation of the Standards for Mathematical Practice for 4-year-olds.

The revised standards are for 4-year-olds only. To access existing set of Early Childhood/Early Development standards for birth to age 5, please click on the links below to download these PDF documents.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Speech and Language Development
Section 2: Early Literacy
Section 3: Math and Science
Section 4: Social Studies
Section 5: Creative Arts
Section 6: Social and Emotional Development
Section 7: Physical Development
TN-ELDS Acknowledgements


For easy to understand booklets that explain the TNELDS in parent-friendly language and show what parents can do at home to help children develop, check out these booklets.
Birth to Three English Version
Birth to Three Spanish Version
Three to Five English Version
Three to Five Spanish Version